Choose a department for specific course descriptions:
- ESL- English as a Second Language
- Foreign Language
- Social Studies
- Fine Arts
- Physical Education
Students must complete four units.
English 8 (No high school credit)
Eighth-grade students will learn and apply various components of the English language and literature. The course will focus on aspects of grammar with the purpose of enabling students to demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics. Students will be introduced to core facets of literature, specifically focusing on rhetorical devices and critical thinking/analysis. Students will continually develop vocabulary throughout the year and will be expected to incorporate the vocabulary in daily activities/assignments. The course will introduce students to basic writing mechanics and essay organization.
Ninth-grade students will learn and apply various components of the English language and literature. The course will focus on aspects of grammar with the purpose of enabling students to demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics. Students will be introduced to, and will be expected to become proficient in, various aspects of literature, specifically focusing on rhetorical devices and critical thinking/analysis. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature including, but not limited to, American and other English literature and current academic articles. Students will continually develop vocabulary throughout the year and will be expected to incorporate the vocabulary in daily activities/assignments. The course will refresh students on basic writing mechanics and essay organization. Students will be expected to demonstrate organization and critical thinking skills in quiz and test responses, as well as in writing assignments throughout the year.
Tenth-grade students will learn and apply various components of the English language and literature. The course will focus on all aspects of grammar with the purpose of enabling students to demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics. Students will review and demonstrate proficiency in various aspects of literature, specifically focusing on rhetorical devices and critical thinking/analysis. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature including, but not limited to, American and other English literature and current academic articles. The student will continually develop vocabulary throughout the year and will be expected to incorporate the vocabulary in daily activities/assignments. The course will refresh students on basic writing mechanics and essay organization. Students will be expected to demonstrate organization and critical thinking skills in quiz and test responses as well as in writing assignments throughout the semester.
English 11 offers a survey of American literature, sampling from the best and most influential plays, novels, short stores, poems, and nonfiction. Readings will be approached through a historical context, looking at how large ideas and writing styles are impacted by national and social movements, as well as the conventions of genre. Students will develop skills in persuasive writing/speaking to convey information and form opinions. Research skills such as integrating sources and intellectual property will be covered. Grammar and vocabulary–with the goal of achieving higher level skill-sets in written and oral communication–will be integrated into reading and writing assignments daily.
English 12 offers a classic and contemporary British-based approach to literature via a variety of genres and literary styles including fables, myths, short stories, drama, and poetry. At the 12th-grade level, students will analyze the literature of The Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the literature of its colonies, excluding The United States of America, from the pre-Anglo-Saxon period through the multinational literature of the 21st century. Students will use organizational skills, audience awareness, and verbal and nonverbal presentation skills to plan, deliver, and critique effective oral presentations. Students will develop skills in analyzing, evaluating, and applying the format and content of a variety of informational texts. They will learn to use critical analysis to judge the merit of a dramatic selection. Skills will be developed and utilized in creating expository and technical writings which are organized logically and contain clear and accurate ideas. In addition, students will be expected to produce a well-documented research paper using MLA style. Vocabulary building will be ongoing, with an emphasis on college entrance testing. Students also will demonstrate advanced knowledge of grammatical conventions through writing, editing, and speaking.
College Credit College Composition ENG111/ENG112 (May be substituted for English 12)
College Composition I (ENG 111) introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay.
College Composition II (ENG112) continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical essays, argumentation, and research, developing these competencies through the examination of a range of texts about the human experience. Students will be required to locate, evaluate, integrate, and document sources and effectively edit for style and usage.
English as a Second Language – ESL (ESL classes are taken in addition to English courses)
Oak Hill Academy welcomes new and returning international students to the Language Enrichment Center where English language learning is provided on a daily basis through ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Students will develop English proficiency through speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Emphasis will be on developing proficiency in three major areas: social language, academic language, and socio-cultural knowledge. Students will develop competence in English through social interaction and academic achievement, with the goal of using and understanding English as it is spoken, written, read and heard in college and university settings.
Students must complete one unit of a Foreign Language for the Standard Diploma, but two units are necessary for many four-year colleges. For an Advanced Studies Diploma, students must complete three units of the same language, or two units each in two different languages. Students whose native language is not English have met this foreign language requirement, and replace these courses with ESL classes.
Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The aim of Spanish 1 is to enable students to start communicating in Spanish, and to learn about the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of the language, and will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will also explore how to better learn a new language, drawing upon a wide variety of sources (including poems, stories, songs, art, and non-fiction readings) over the course of the year. Class participation will be expected, and assignments will include dialogues, readings, presentations and projects. In subsequent levels of Spanish study, students will work toward being able to communicate more effectively in Spanish, and will continue to learn about the Spanish-speaking world. Each course will build upon what was learned in the previous course, strengthening skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will continue to draw upon a wide variety of sources for Spanish language learning and will demonstrate their proficiency in a variety of written and oral ways.
Students must complete three units. Some colleges/universities require a fourth math for which Algebra 2 is a prerequisite. Students must complete four units for an Advanced Studies Diploma.
All math students are required to have a graphing calculator: Texas Instruments 84 Plus (TI-84+) is recommended and may be purchased at home or at the Oak Hill Academy Campus Store. We do not allow TI-89 models or higher.
Algebra 1, Part 1 (1/2 credit)
Concepts presented to students include basic operations of real numbers, properties of algebra, evaluating expressions, ratio and proportions, and solving linear equations and inequalities. Tables and graphs will be used to interpret expressions, equations, and inequalities. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to talk about mathematics, to use the language and symbols of mathematics to communicate, to discuss problems and problem solving, and to develop their confidence in mathematics. Calculators will be used as tools to assist in problem solving and to provide a powerful tool for solving and verifying solutions to equations and inequalities. Graphing utilities enhance the understanding of functions. The calculators will be used to assist in problem solving and to provide a powerful tool for solving and verifying solutions to equations and inequalities.
Algebra 1, Part 2 (1/2 credit)
Students will review Algebra 1, Part 1 concepts at the beginning of this course. New concepts presented will include but not limited to: operations involving polynomials, linear systems of equations, radical equations, functions, and quadratic equations. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to talk about mathematics, to use the language and symbols of mathematics to communicate, to discuss problems and problem solving, and to develop their confidence in mathematics. Graphing calculators are required for this course. Graphing calculators enhance the understanding of functions and will be used to assist students in problem solving and to provide a powerful tool for solving and verifying solutions to equations and inequalities.
The student’s knowledge and confidence of equation work will expand as the course adds in topics such as: rational expressions, factoring, polynomials, radical expressions, and quadratic. All students are expected to achieve the Algebra I objectives. The emphasis during Algebra 1 will be equations, problem solving, and graphing. When planning for instruction, consideration will be given to the sequential development of concepts and skills by using concrete materials to assist students in making the transition from the arithmetic to the symbolic. Student will also make connections to other subject areas through practical applications. This approach to teaching algebra should help students attach meaning to the abstract concepts of algebra.
Algebra 1 standards require students to use algebra as a tool for representing and solving a variety of practical problems. Tables and graphs will be used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and to analyze functions.
Graphing calculators, computers, and other appropriate technology tools will be used to assist in teaching and learning. Graphing utilities enhance the understanding of functions; they provide a powerful tool for solving and verifying solutions to equations and inequalities.
Throughout the course, students should be encouraged to talk about mathematics, use the language and symbols of mathematics in representations and communication, discuss problems and problem solving, and develop their confidence in mathematics.
Algebra 2 (Honors Algebra 2 is also offered)
Students will receive a thorough treatment of advanced algebraic concepts through the study of functions, “families of functions,” equations, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational and radical equations, complex numbers, and sequences and series. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling throughout the course of study. Oral and written communication concerning the language of algebra, logic of procedures, and interpretation of results will be infused throughout the course.
The standards taught in Algebra 2 build a strong connection between algebraic and graphic representations of functions. Students will observe the changes in the graph of the equation and make generalizations that can be applied to graphs. A graphing calculator is required for this course. The calculator will enhance the student’s understanding, aid in investigation and study of functions and their inverses, and provide an effective tool for solving and verifying equations and inequalities.
This course is designed for students who have successfully completed the standards for Algebra 1. All students are expected to achieve the Geometry standards. The course includes, among other things, properties of geometric figures, trigonometric relationships, and reasoning to justify conclusions. Methods of justification will include paragraph proofs, two-column proofs, indirect proofs, coordinate proofs, algebraic methods, and verbal arguments. A gradual development of formal proof will be encouraged. Inductive and intuitive approaches to proof as well as deductive axiomatic methods should be used.
The set of Geometry standards includes emphasis on two- and three-dimensional reasoning skills, coordinate and transformational geometry, and the use of geometric models to solve problems. A variety of applications and some general problem-solving techniques, including algebraic skills, should be used to implement these standards. Calculators, computers, graphing utilities (graphing calculators or computer graphing simulators), dynamic geometry software, and other appropriate technology tools will be used to assist in teaching and learning. Any technology that will enhance student learning should be used.
Algebra 3/Trigonometry is a course intended for college-bound students who have taken Algebra 2 and do not want to take a Pre-Calculus course. This course is designed for students who do not intend to pursue a career that requires an extensive mathematical or scientific background but who intend to take college mathematics courses. This course will enhance the higher level thinking skills developed in Algebra 2 through a more in-depth study of the concepts studied in Algebra 2 and exploration of some pre-calculus skill. Goals of this course are to strengthen algebra skills in preparation for college-level math courses, help students prepare for College Board examinations, and to help students develop a better understanding of how algebra can be used to model real life problems.
During first semester students in Algebra 3/Trigonometry will be challenged to increase their understanding of algebraic topics including but not limited to: first-degree, polynomial, rational, and radical equations and inequalities. Students will use algebraic, graphical, and numerical methods to analyze, translate, and solve those types of equations and inequalities.
Second semester students will be introduced to advanced functions such as conics, exponential and logarithmic functions, and sequences and series. A thorough treatment of trigonometry is provided through the study of trigonometric definitions, applications, and solving trigonometric equations and inequalities. Emphasis should also be placed on using connections between right triangle ratios, trigonometric functions, and circular functions. Students are required to have a graphing calculator to aid in their learning.
This course is designed for students who have a strong math foundation through Geometry and Algebra 2, and who desire to prepare for college-level calculus. The course includes the study of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and polar functions. A TI-84+ graphing calculator is required.
College Credit Pre-Calculus (online course)
This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of Algebra 2 and Geometry. This course presents the concepts and methods necessary for the study of calculus including the study of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and polar functions. Graphing calculators, computers, and other appropriate technology tools wll be used to assist in teaching and learning. Graphic utilities enhance the understanding of realistic applications through modeling, and aid in the investigation of functions and their inverses. They also provide a powerful tool for solving and verifying solutions to equations and inequalities. A TI-84+ graphing calculator is required for this course.
AP Calculus (AB)
This course is equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers the concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will be taught how to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections among these representations. Students will learn how to use technoloy to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. A TI-84+ graphing calculator is required for this course.
College Credit Statistics (online course)
In this online course offered through Wytheville Community College, students will look at the properties behind the intermediate concepts of probability and statistics and focus on applications of statistical knowledge. This course will begin with descriptive statistics and the foundation of statistics and then move to probability and random distributions. Finally, students will examine a number of ways to investigate the relationships between various characteristics of data.
Students must complete three units, including Biology.
Students in Earth Science will study the Earth’s composition, structure, processes, and history; its atmosphere, fresh water, and oceans; and its environment in space. The standards emphasize historical contributions in the development of scientific thought about the Earth and space. The curriculum stresses the interpretation of maps, charts, tables, and profiles; the uses of technology to collect, analyze, and report data; and the utilization of science skills in systematic investigation. Major topics of study include plate tectonics, the rock cycle, the oceans, the atmosphere, weather and climate, and the solar system and universe.
Biology is a lecture/laboratory course designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of living systems. Student will learn the skills necessary to examine alternative scientific explanations, actively conduct controlled experiments, analyze and communicate information, and gather and use information in scientific literature. The history of biological thought and the evidence that supports it are explored, providing the foundation for investigating biochemical life processes, cellular organization, mechanisms of inheritance, dynamic relationships among organisms, and the change in organisms through time. Students will study the following topics: cell structure and function, survey of kingdoms, the methods and tools of biology, an introduction to chemistry, vascular and nonvascular plants, cell reproduction, and heredity.
Anatomy class builds on investigations that began in high school biology. Students will apply concepts associated with human anatomy and physiology through instruction, including laboratory activities. Studies will include the process of homeostasis and the essentials of human function at the level of cells, tissues, and organ systems. This class strives to provide an understanding of the relationship between the structure and function of major body systems and the mechanisms of homeostatic control. This course will lay a general foundation for students wishing to pursue an education or career in medicine or any scientific field. Class projects and laboratory exploration will enable students to develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and reasoning abilities through scientific investigation.
Astronomy is the the study of our amazing universe and how we came to find our place in it. Topics include the history of anatomy, navigating the night sky, astronomical distances, tools used to measure celestial objects, the physics of electromagnetic radiation, the life cycle of stars, and the study of galaxies. This course requires a calculator, and has a night-time observing requirement.
Physical Science is a college preparatory course that is an introduction to Physics and Chemistry. It must be taken concurrently with Algebra 2 or a higher math. The main focus of this course will be exploring and understanding the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Society (STEMS).
Chemistry is a college preparatory laboratory science course that investigates and provides an understanding of the molecular structure of our physical world and the laws governing it. Chemistry must be taken concurrently with Algebra 2 or a higher math. This course will emphasize the application of chemical properties to real-world situations and problems, and will lay a general foundation for students wishing to pursue an education or career in any scientific field. Chemistry requires good mathematical skills along with the self-discipline to be properly prepared for class every day. Class projects and laboratory exploration will enable students to develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and reasoning abilities through scientific investigation.
AP Physics 1
Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Student must have completed Algebra 2. In this course, students will cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque and rotational motion, electric charge and electric force, direct current (DC) circuits, and mechanical waves and sound.
Students must complete four units Social Studies and one unit Religion.
World Geography is the study of the world’s peoples, places, and environments, with an emphasis on world regions. The knowledge, skills, and perspectives of the course are centered on the world’s peoples and their cultural characteristics, landforms and climates, economic development, and migration and settlement patterns. Spatial concepts of geography will be used as a framework for studying interactions between humans and their environments. Using geographic resources, students will employ inquiry, research, and technology skills to ask and answer geographic questions. Particular emphasis will be placed on students’ understanding and applying geographic concepts and skills to their daily lives.
Geographic skills provide the necessary tools and technologies for thinking geographically. These skills help people make important decisions in their daily lives, such as how to get to work and where to shop, vacation, or go to school. They also help people make reasoned political decisions and aid in the development and presentation of effective, persuasive arguments for and against matters of public policy. All of these decisions involve the ability to acquire, arrange, and use geographic information. Maps, as well as graphs, sketches, diagrams, photographs, and satellite-produced images, are essential tools of geographical study.
Ancient World History
This course is an historical survey of the human race from its origins in the prehistoric period through the Age of Revolutions. Students will study the peoples, cultures and events of the early human period. Students will seek to gain a better understanding of where the human race has been and where it is going. They will study the western, progressive theory of history and observe how successive civilizations built upon the achievements of earlier civilizations. A wide variety of methods will be used, including writing, research, simulation, and discussion.
Modern World History
This course is an historical survey of the human race from the renaissance through the modern era. Students will study the peoples, cultures and events of this period. Students will seek to gain a better understanding of how the events of the past have shaped our modern world. A wide variety of methods will be used, including writing, research, simulation, and discussion. This course may be substituted for World Geography or Ancient World History.
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the causes, character, and consequences of the African American experience and its influence on the world, the United States, and the African American community. Beginning with a historical, geographical, social, political, economic, and cultural understanding of the African continent, the course will provide an overview that will introduce the student to the study of African and African American experiences.
Social Justice in History
This course focuses on social justice around the world and is designed to introduce students to human rights both past and present. The primary goal is for students to discover more about the world they live in, both locally and globally, and to further develop empathy for others. Students will be asked to critically examine the historic causes of injustice and and will read a wide range of texts about the impact that identity, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, religion, and political affiliation have on experiences with justice.
History Through Music
This course addresses the diverse cultural music traditions throughout history and the powerful effects they continue to have on people worldwide. Course objectives will explore traditional, religious, folk, art, and popular musical styles via case studies of representative musicians, works, and genres. Students will also broaden their knowledge of how music works relative to rhythm, pitch, dynamics and timbre.
World Cultures is an honors-level class that acknowledges the cultural diversity of the United States and the world and sees this diversity as a positive fact of life. At its core, the class recognizes the intrinsic worth of all individuals, regardless of race, ethnic background, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, or physical/mental condition. Student will study regional units, focusing on geography, religion, history, economics, traditions, and culture. There is a strong current events aspect to the class, with every Friday dedicated to studying the world today. Because this is an honors class, students are expected to manage their time wisely and turn in above average work on all assignments.
U. S. History
United States History is an historical survey of the people, places and events of America’s past. The goal of the course is to increase students’ understanding of events that have shaped the United States and the American people. In addition, students will learn to use the analytical process and reasoning skills to study the role of cause and effect in history. A wide variety of aspects of United States history will be examined.
College Credit U. S. History
This course provides a survey of American History from early feudal voyages of exploration to the modern era. Students will assess and interpret a variety of documents, writings and other information to develop an in-depth understanding of both the historical data and the process for studying that data. Public policy, domestic agendas, and foreign relations will be covered. Students will come to understand the relevance of history by learning how people and events of the past connect to the present. This course may be substituted for U.S. History.
U. S. Government
This survey course of U.S. Government is a senior requirement for graduation. The goal of this course is to increase students’ understanding of the American political system, its traditions, values and framework for governing the United States. Students will gain an appreciation of the electoral process and the importance of good citizenship in a democracy. There will be special emphasis on the content and importance of the U.S. Constitution that has served as our government’s guide to creating the society in which we live today. All three branches of National Government will be examined in their relation to each other. Students should come away with an appreciation for the benefits and opportunities that democracy provides as well as the duties it requires from its citizens. Students will understand the intentions, goals and structure of the United States government today as well as throughout its development..
Bible as Literature
Bible as Literature is a course designed to introduce students to the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. The course of study will acquaint students with the major stories, key beliefs, genres, historical background and cultural importance of the Bible. To accomplish these tasks students will be prepared each day to discuss and interpret designated passages, identify key terms, and demonstrate an ability to express these thoughts in a variety of forms.
Christian Ethics is an introductory course to ethical decision-making informed by the Christian tradition and scripture. This course presents a biblical model for ethics in a postmodern world. The lessons survey various ethical systems and theories and evaluate those theories for legitimacy, relevance, and cogency. The goal of the course is to provide learners with a Christian framework of values and ethics, leading them to make honorable decisions in a truth-relative world.
Survey of World Religions
Survey of World Religions is a course designed to introduce students to religious thought and practice embodied around the world. To accomplish this task each student will be required to assemble a notebook that collects course work and displays the work in a prescribed fashion.
To enhance the enjoyment of the course students are asked to come each day with the curiosity necessary to appreciate how people have searched for the divine (God) through the millennia of human existence. The more clearly we can understand religious thought different from our own, the better we understand our own.
Students must complete one unit of Computer/Technology or one unit of Fine Arts.
Keyboarding/Introduction to Computer Applications
This is an introductory course that includes understanding of keys, increasing accuracy and speed, as well as guided on-line lessons and testing. Teacher-created blind and timed tests are also used weekly throughout the course. Students will complete teacher-guided lessons on the use of Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. At the close of each unit, students will complete written assessments using the Concepts Review as well as skills assessments using the Skills Review. Advanced students will complete Independent Challenge activities created for each lesson.
Students will learn the basics of journalism and the skills involved in the production of a quality yearbook, The Hilltopper. Areas to be studied include press law and ethics, news and feature writing, headline and caption writing, photography, advertising, and layout and design. Students will be required to sell yearbook advertisements and will be required to work after school and on weekends to cover and photograph events. The course is open to juniors and seniors, and sophomores with an English teacher recommendation.
Creative Business Media and Web Design
This course focuses on the application of skills in the production of flyers, posters, newsletters, etc. Topics include creating, editing, and formatting text and graphics. Students will utilize Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Publisher 2010 to create print materials. Students will also publish the Oak Hill Academy student newspaper Word of Mouth.
In this course, students will learn to use visual language to accomplish specific communication tasks. Students will use a wide range of media from traditional art materials to digital design tools including Adobe creative software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Assignments will focus on aesthetics as well as functionality.
This course introduces how computers create, preserve, manipulate, and communicate information and the concepts and tools used to that end. Students will be able to recognize computational problems and develop basic skill sets to solve problems. Topics will include the basics of computer and Internet hardware and software, creating web pages, basic programming, and solving problems with spreadsheets.
Broadcast Media Communication
Students will learn the technical aspects of film and television through hands-on training and academic theory. Students will produce live broadcasts on OHA’s streaming network for special events and projects for the school community.
Students must complete one unit of Fine Arts or one unit of Computer/Technology.
Emphasis is placed on the principles of drawing: form, contour, line, proportion, and perspective. This is followed by a practical application of these principles.
This introductory course provides an opportunity for students to learn painting concepts, to experiment with design principles and techniques, and to develop painting skills that are necessary for advanced art courses. Emphasis is placed on the basics of painting, color theory, medium, and composition.
This course will enable the student to recognize the major printing and layout techniques and traditional techniques for the production and dissemination of ideas. Basic elements of art and principles of design will be stressed within printed compositions. A variety of printmaking techniques will be utilized. Class activities are project based, giving students the opportunity to practice art fundamentals while learning technical skills in printmaking.
In the Ceramics portion of this art course, students will explore a broad range of techniques and approaches to ceramics artwork as both functional and decorative sculpted objects. Development of technical skills and artistic vocabulary will include instruction in wheel-throwing, bisque firing, painting, and glazing.
The Sculpting portion of this class concentrates on the study of three-dimensional materials and concepts. Students will explore different forms of sculpture such as modeling, carving, and assembly. Projects stress skill development and creative interpretation.
AP Studio Art: Drawing
The Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art: Drawing course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. Completion of this course is not based on a written exam; instead, each student submits a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, mediums, and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem-solving, and ideation.
In this course, students will learn to use visual language to accomplish specific communication tasks. Students will use a wide range of media from traditional art materials to digital design tools including Adobe creative software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Assignments will focus on aesthetics as well as functionality.
This class is designed for the beginner as well as the student who plays the guitar but does not read music. Students will learn and apply basic music fundamentals to the guitar. This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a musical instrument. Students will learn to read music for notes on all six strings in first position and apply these skills in playing solos, duets and ensembles. The class will examine basic chords, strumming rhythms, finger-picking, and performance etiquette. With practice, student will eventually be able to play simple and familiar songs. Emphasis will be placed on playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, simultaneous playing, and reading music. Students must have a classical or acoustic guitar in good working condition.
The objective of this class is to inspire students to work independently, continue further study on guitar, and/or seek private instruction. This class will help set the stage for improvisation, composition, and student performance.
String Band (Advanced)
This course is designed for students who already have a basic knowledge of chords as well as strum and pick patterns. Students will have the opportunity to play acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo, dulcimer, and autoharp. Proper fingering techniques, care of instruments, and tone production will be incorporated within group instruction. The focus will be traditional indigenous Appalachian music and ballad singing.
Music Lab (Advanced)
Music Lab is designed for more advanced musicians who have an interest in performing in the modern popular style. Electric guitars, electric bass, keyboards and drums are just a few of the instruments that will be played. Computer software will also be incorporated for laying tracks. Emphasis will be placed on playing, recording, and composing as a group.
The Theatre course is designed to further the understanding of the roles of acting, costume design, lighting, makeup, setting, and staging in the overall production of drama. Additionally, there will be a strong concentration on writing, especially regarding character development, plot, and the use of dialogue. Film will be a strong component of this course as students examine the ways that theatre conventions are adapted from the stage to the screen. Participation in the spring play production is required by all students in this course.
Students must complete two units.
Health/Physical Education 1 & 2
The Health component of these courses is an information-based class. Throughout the year the material presented is both timely and pertinent. Health topics include body structure and function, proper nutrition, peer relationships, and active lifestyles. The focus of these classes deals with both basic physical structure and physical health, including nutrition, consumer health, managing stress and making positive choices that affect both physical and mental well-being.
Physical education is aimed at creating and maintaining a healthy level of personal fitness. This is accomplished through a basic introduction to sports and individual fitness. Activities will include both team and individual sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball, badminton, polo, tennis, bowling, basic tumbling, and other individual aerobic activities. This is done to encourage an active lifestyle beyond high school.
Boys’ Advanced Fitness
This course is an elective Health/Physical Education class for boys that emphasizes individual health, fitness, and weight-strength conditioning with the goal of improving overall physical condition.
Girls’ Advanced Fitness
This course fulfills the physical education requirement. It is geared toward the serious fitness trainer, and is not intended for students with poor physical fitness habits. The focus is to improve balance, flexibility, strength, speed and endurance, with an emphasis on developing mental discipline and learning the value of cardiovascular training. Gym shorts, tennis shoes, socks and a t-shirt are required.
Foundations of Basketball
This course provides opportunities for students to develop skills, techniques, and proper weight training and conditioning for participation on basketball teams. Various team-building strategies are also implemented throughout the course.
Horsemanship is a class designed to teach students the basics in horse care and stable management. The class will include: the principles of grooming, stable care, nutrition, equine confirmation and knowledge of the three basic seats of riding. Students will acquire skills from both hands-on experiences and in-class lectures.
Applied Learning Strategies
This credited elective course focuses on improving academic and work performance based on learning styles. Teacher-directed lessons address time management, improving reading speed (skimming and scanning), test-taking/study strategies, note-taking/outlining skills, organization, and homework completion. Students will be able to identify their learning strengths and how to use them to improve their overall academic performance.
Critical Reading Foundations
This course will help students strengthen their critical reading and thinking skills, improve academic literacy, and expand general knowledge across the disciplines. Students will read a variety of written, oral, visual, and cultural texts in order to improve analytical, interpretive, and evaluative skills. Skills will be applied through research, presentations, discourse, and written assignments.
Critical Reading for SAT Success
This year-long elective course focuses on improving evidence-based reading comprehension and writing, specifically for those sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Topics include goal-setting, stress/time management, organization, reading speed and comprehension, reading strategies, and writing and editing techniques.
Writing for College
This elective course concentrates on improving college-level writing skills, and includes producing numerous essays, critique/analysis papers, and higher-order research writing. Grammar and mechanics, using correct citation, and avoiding plagiarism are reinforced throughout the course. The development of individual writing style and personal technique are also explored.
Speech and Communication in the 21st Century
This course is designed to assist students in improving their skills in written, oral, and visual expression. Essay development and organization as well as the nature, history, and structure of essays will also be examined. Specific emphasis will be placed on the types of writing required of college students. Students will receive assistance in developing public speaking skills, and will focus on both verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication. This course also provides an opportunity for students to develop strong debate skills and to further study the intricacies of debate through a mock trial.
21st Century Journalism
21st Century Journalism is a comprehensive study of news writing as it pertains to newspapers, magazines, and electronic sources. Students will complete all aspects of writing a newspaper from article development to interviews to writing to editing to selecting images. Students will also develop an electronic formal newspaper using blog style current events articles and will have an opportunity to investigate and develop pieces focused on national as well as international current events.
Math Skills for SAT Success
This course is designed to review basic concepts and practice math test-taking skills in preparation for the SAT math section. The course supplies an overview of the math component structure, and reviews test-taking tips and strategies. At course’s end, students will be better prepared to: identify and solve different types of problems related to numbers and operations; apply approaches to solving multiple-choice problems; determine what information should be provided to answer open response questions; and apply different test preparation strategies to deal with math anxiety.
Khan Academy online tools, as well as weekly lectures, will be incorporated as lesson reinforcements throughout the year.